School is out for most American kids right now, but that doesn’t mean parents and teachers aren’t still thinking about how schools could improve and how to get kids to learn better. There are plenty of problems that seem insurmountable in the US education system, but there could be some solutions that try to tackle them in limited trials. If these trials succeed, they might be expanded to more schools — and hopefully, over time, all schools can get better and learn from each other.
- The standard disciplinary methods in most schools don’t seem to be particularly good at improving problem behaviors, so maybe it’s time to try other strategies that try to teach kids how to control themselves — instead of having teachers handing out orders and punishments. A Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) program is trying to teach educators how to handle unruly students by helping kids to recognize and control their own frustrations and work towards managing their own emotions and actions. If it works as advertised, this could help reduce all kinds of problems before they grow out of control. [url]
- Letting students collaborate and set their own educational goals isn’t easy, but it might be the better way to prepare kids for the kind of independent learning they’ll need to do on their own when they’re done with school. Psychologists have learned a lot about how the brain learns, but teachers are only starting to incorporate brain-based strategies into lesson plans. [url]
- More and more kids seem to be diagnosed with attention issues and ADHD, and at the same time, kids are being forced to sit still for longer and longer periods of class time. Perhaps if kids had more exercise and were allowed to move around a lot more, they’d be better able to sit still during classes? A randomized controlled trial seems to be in order…. [url]
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